Upcoming lectures Spring 2014


To join either speaker for dinner after the lecture, please contact rfsutton at iupui.edu in advance.

Happy New Year from the AIA!

Please join us for our spring semester lecture series! All talks will take place at the Penn Museum, with a wine and cheese reception; please enter using the Kress entrance. If you're interested in dining with us after the talk with the lecturer, please email us at aiaphiladelphia at gmail.com as soon as possible. 


Thursday, January 30th  ~  6:15 pm
Rainey Auditorium


Tom_Morton_thumbThomas J. Morton, Swarthmore College

Individuality within Regularity:  Visualizing Roman Design in North Africa


Architectural historians and archaeologists have an embarrassment of riches in Roman North Africa; there is evidence for about 675 municipal entities.  Thus, North Africa is an excellent place to study architectural and urban design during the Roman Empire. In this talk, Professor Morton will discuss the ‘individuality within regularity’ of architectural and urban design in Roman Africa and will use 3D visualizations to help articulate the Roman design process.



Monday, March 3rd  ~ 6:15 pm

profile-dr-alexis-castor.100.125.cAlexis Castor, Franklin and Marshall College

More than Glitter: Jewelry in Ancient Greece and Italy


Gold necklaces, earrings and other accessories made by ancient goldsmiths still attract our attention today. Their expert manufacture, intricate detail and lavish use of precious metal evoke images of glittering women and men and enrich our understanding of Greek and Etruscan costume. But what do we know about how and when men, women, and even children, used jewelry?  We will explore the many functions of jewelry, from bridal gifts to containers used in espionage. We will see the ways that personal ornaments served as a beautiful, practical form of personal wealth.


March 27th  ~ 6:15 pm

KohAndrew Koh, Brandeis University and MIT

The Chemistry of Kinship: Daidalos and Kothar Revisited

Professor Koh employs archeological science to discuss the nature of commodities production, trade, and consumption the eastern Mediterranean during the later Bronze and Early Iron Age (roughly 1,700-700 BC).   Over the past nine years, his ARCHEM project based in Crete has sampled thousands of imported vessels in Greece, Israel, Egypt, Turkey to illuminate cross-cultural relationships between these areas.  By securely identifying for the first time the contents of a high volume of exchanged objects, this innovative work helps reveal the important roles these artifacts played in the economy and daily life of these different consumer societies, and the cultures with which each maintained contact.
  

Coming up next!

First, we would like to thank everyone for coming out to our last lecture on Seth at the Penn Museum! Our lecture series continues next week with John Dobbins at the Penn Museum on the 8th and the week afterwards with Archaeology Day-- we hope to see you all there.


John Dobbins, University of Virginia
October 8th at 6:15 PM, Penn Museum

Art, Archaeology, and Advanced Technology: The Case of the Alexander Mosaic at Pompeii

The Alexander Mosaic from the House of the Faun at Pompeii is perhaps the most famous mosaic surviving from antiquity. The pavement is famous for its detail. Surely looking at the mosaic and seeing the detail was part of the desired effect, part of the discovery, and part of the pleasure. Using a 3D model to recreate its setting for the year 100 BC, the speaker will show the surprising effects of the architectural elements and the natural light on the viewer’s experience

He specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology, and since 1994 has been the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project, having also worked at Morgantina in Sicily and at La Befa. Professor Dobbins is a past Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.


International Archaeology
Saturday, October 19th, Penn Museum

This fun family day at the Penn Museum will include birthday cake with the Sphinx and Egyptian-themed activities. The AIA talk will be Janet Stephens, who will demonstrate her recreation of ancient hair styles. Her presentation on hair styles of the Vestal Virgins at last year's Annual Meeting was quite a hit, and we're excited to bring her to the Penn Museum. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680 or online at penn.museum.

A preview of Our 2013-2014 Lecture Series


All events are currently scheduled to be held at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia; the speakers' information was compiled and sent to us from the AIA. We will provide updates on topics and dinners with the speakers this fall.
 
Eugene Cruz-Uribe will be joining us on Sunday, September 22, 2013 for an afternoon lecture on "Seth: Evil God of Power and Might." This event is co-sponsored by ARCE-PA. He has been with University of Arizona and California State University at Monterey Bay, and is now moving to Indiana University East (beginning in the fall of 2013). Professor Cruz-Uribe is widely published, and has conducted fieldwork at the Hibis Temple Project (Kharga Oasis), on the Demotic graffiti in the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island, with the Middle Egyptian Quarries Project, and on the Kharga Oasis Coptic Graffiti.
 
John Dobbins of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville will lecture on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM.  He specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology, and since 1994 has been the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project, having also worked at Morgantina in Sicily and at La Befa.  Professor Dobbins is a past Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.
 
Andrew Koh will be our lecturer on Thursday evening, March 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM.  He is with the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology with MIT; he holds his degrees from UPenn (Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Since 2003 Professor Koh has been the Director of the ARCHEM Project on Crete, and is Co-Director of the Pyrgiotissa Cultural Heritage Project, and Associate Director of the Haifa-GW-Brandeis Kabri Archaeological Project in Israel.
 
 
We will also be helping out with the Penn Museum's Archaeology Day on October 19th, 2013!
 




Classical Spies
  Bryn Mawr Archaeologists

 with the OSS 
in World War II Greece

April 11, 2013
4:00-5:30
Carpenter Library, Room B21
Bryn Mawr College

A Public Lecture by Susan Heuck Allen

Susan Heuck Allen’s book Classical Spies (2011) recounts the archaeologist-led secret U.S. intelligence service in Nazi-occupied World War II Greece. Based in Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Egypt, and Turkey, this network drew on the scholars’ personal contacts and knowledge of languages and terrain and involved such pursuits as burying Athenian dig records in an Egyptian tomb, activating prep school connections to establish spies code-named Vulture and Chickadee, and organizing parachute drops.  Dr. Allen conducted extensive in-person interviews, shadowed spies, and sleuthed in archives on three continents to piece together the first insider account of the “extracurricular” activities of her professors’ generation during and after the War.  

 In this presentation, Dr. Allen focuses on the prominent role that scholars connected to Bryn Mawr College played in this endeavor, including such figures as Virginia Grace, Margaret Crosby, Dorothy Hanna Cox, Lily Ross Taylor, and Hetty Goldman, individuals who broke new ground for women both in their disciplines and – as this talk reveals - beyond.

Dr. Allen earned an AB in History from Smith College and an MA and PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Cincinnati and Brown University respectively. She has swum the Hellespont and excavated in Cyprus, Israel, Turkey, and Greece. A visiting scholar in the Department of Classics at Brown University, Allen has taught at Yale University and Smith College and currently teaches in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Science at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Our final lecture of the academic year is coming up in April!

Join us on April 18th, 2013 for Dr. Andrea Berlin's A Tale of Two Peoples: Phoenicians and Jews in the Land Beyond the River.

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Dr. Berlin is the Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of
Archaeology in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies
at the University of Minnesota. A specialist in the archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman Near East, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the University of Virginia. Her work has taken her to Turkey (Troy), Cyprus (Nicosia), Egypt (Coptos), and Israel, where she is currently co-director of the excavations at Tel Kedesh.

Dr. Berlin reports on six seasons of excavation at Tel Kedesh, the largest mound in Israel's Upper Galilee, a region inhabited in antiquity by both Jews and Phoenicians. There she and her team have uncovered an enormous commercial and administrative building constructed in the later sixth century BCE and used for the next 350 years. Over this span of time the region was ruled in succession by the Persian Empire followed by the Greek kingdoms of Egypt and Syria. The large complex at Kedesh offers a unique opportunity to understand local response to changing patterns of interaction between these imperial powers, their provincial administrators, and local elites. Both Phoenicians and Jews played starring roles in the life of the administrative building at Kedesh, and this lecture brings their character and interactions to life.

Discoveries include gemstone and glass signet seals that show the local Phoenician embrace of Persian styles; store rooms with jars containing an experimental strain of wheat; reception rooms and dishes reflecting rural knowledge of cosmopolitan lifestyles; a rare archive with over 2000 clay bullae (seal impressions) depicting Greek and Phoenician deities as well as symbols and images used by elite individuals; and an enormous, solid gold coin - the largest and earliest ever found in Israel - whose appearance at Kedesh allows us a bird's-eye view of power diplomacy in the early second century BCE. 

Details:

Thursday, April 18th
Classroom 2
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia
Use the Kress Entrance (at the east, the closest to the South St. Bridge)
Time: 6:15 pm 

Please email us if you are interested in dining with our speaker after the talk. 
 

Our current society officers will continue their positions for 2013-4, but as always, anyone interested in helping us with our Society's activities can email us at aiaphiladelphia at gmail.com!